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Arts & Culture

Many donors like you want to improve arts & culture in our communities and feel the best way to do this to to give flexibility to the experts and advisors at Vancouver Foundation. By directing your gift to this focus area, you’re supporting important projects in visual arts, music, theater, dance, literature, film, and more—now and into the future.


Learn about the great work that the Arts & Culture fund supports, like this project:

Children of God

Democratizing Our Stage

Performing arts offer an ideal opportunity to bring an audience new perspectives and understanding of groups and cultures beyond their own, but this opportunity is often missed due to the types of shows selected for the mainstage.

In 2015, we received an application from the Cultch to expand its offerings and build community expectations for a broader range of performances from diverse groups that belong in the spotlight. Our Arts & Culture Advisors agreed that this was a good idea.

Donors like you made possible a $130K grant that brings in Indigenous, ethnically diverse and disabled artists to the Cultch's programming, and provides support to increase their exposure. The grant also helped promote cross-cultural communication between artists and communities to strengthen belonging and deepen understanding.

Over the past five years, the Arts & Culture focus area has provided support to a a range of leading charities including: Vancouver Fringe Festival, Polygon Gallery, Emily Carr University, Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, Bard on the Beach, Powell Street Festival Society, Queer Arts Festival, Victoria Conservatory of Music, and Bill Reid Gallery, among others.

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Please contact any of our Donor Services staff to answer your questions, help you make a donation, set-up a fund, or support one of our focus areas.

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Why support a focus area?

Causes of concern today may not even exist tomorrow, but when you support a focus area, you join other like-minded donors and become a part of a powerful force in creating a healthier, more livable community. And because we bring together smart advisors —all experts in their respective fields — to review and select the best grant applications, you can be assured that your gift is being utilized in a way that has long-term impact. Learn more about the expert advisors who are putting your gift to work. 


Many donors care about arts and culture, but also have broader interests in the community. You may want to consider a targeted gift to another one of these focus areas: